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Flames to Embers {September 2014 Part 1}

Flames to Embers

I’m not able to get to all the books I receive for review consideration, so to reduce stress and start with a clean slate each month, I feature the ones that I didn’t get to read in Flames to Embers. All the books I request start out as flames in my heart, but for various reasons, some of them burn down to embers and I lose desire or time to read them. I hope that you find something that draws your interest though and feel free to encourage me to give something another try!

September apparently is always a crazy month for releases because it has been decided by thee above that it is the perfect time to get books started on buzz for the holidays. I’m not sure I believe it, but whatever! Therefore, I had A LOT of exciting books to read in September and I gave up the possibility of reading them all a while ago. This will be the first part of September so that we don’t have a waaaaay too long post ;-).

Shattered Egg & Spoon Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon Stories of the Raksura Shatterwing

Shattered

Shattered

A girl at the end of the world.
Two brothers fighting for opposite sides.

And a dragon who can save them all…

Or set the world on fire.

Trinity’s world changed forever the day she stole Emmy’s egg. Now she’s on the run with the last living dragon and twin brothers from a war-torn future. Connor may have betrayed his mission to kill Emmy, but he’ll do whatever it takes to prevent the coming dragon apocalypse. Coddling a temperamental dragon on its way to being the size of a house is no way to keep them safe. But Caleb can’t stand to see Emmy trapped and miserable.

When a video of Emmy flying over the skies of the Texas Hill Country goes viral, the government closes in–and the future they’ve risked everything for is about to go up in flames.

I was so excited about this series when I saw the cover for Shattered. Dragons! How could you go wrong?! Then I saw a couple of reviews from my trusted sources and became less excited. I also don’t really like it when publishers send pushy emails through NetGalley about reviewing something >.> I just am weird, haha. But anyway, I do want to get back to the first book to try it someday, but not right now.

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon

Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire, a teeming metropolis where steam-power is king and airships ply the skies, and where Queen Victoria presides over three quarters of the known world—including the east coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

Young Gideon Smith has seen things that no green lad of Her Majesty’s dominion should ever experience. Through a series of incredible events Gideon has become the newest Hero of the Empire. But Gideon is a man with a mission, for the dreaded Texas pirate Louis Cockayne has stolen the mechanical clockwork girl, Maria, along with a most fantastical weapon—a great brass dragon that was unearthed beneath ancient Egyptian soil. Maria is the only one who can pilot the beast, so Cockayne has taken girl and dragon off to points east.

Gideon and his intrepid band take to the skies and travel to the American colonies hot on Cockayne’s trail. Not only does Gideon want the machine back, he has fallen in love with Maria. Their journey will take them to the wilds of the lawless lands south of the American colonies—to free Texas, where the mad King of Steamtown rules with an iron fist (literally), where life is cheap and honor even cheaper.

Does Gideon have what it takes to not only save the day but win the girl?

More dragons! Seriously, what is wrong with me lately?? The first book didn’t work for me when I tried it during the summer and I think I just don’t have enough distance from that to try the second book yet. I do think I could like it a lot more because the setting and plot is different enough, but not just yet!

Stories of the Raksura

Stories of the Raksura

In The Falling World, Jade, ruler of the Indigo Cloud Court, has travelled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult.

The Tale of Indigo and Cloud explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon came to Court. In the distant past, Indigo stole Cloud from Emerald Twilight. But in doing so, the reigning Queen Cerise and Indigo are now poised for a conflict that could ruin everything.

I’ve been wanting to start this series for ages, like since my very beginning days of blogging, and I even own Cloud Roads! I thought this might be a way to get started, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I might just stick with starting with Cloud Roads eventually…. I should really make a TBR jar shouldn’t I?

Egg & Spoon

Egg & Spoon

A fantasy set in Tsarist Russia.

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs

I am very intrigued by Baba Yaga retellings, but apparently not intrigued enough to prioritize this middle grade. Argh, all of the books this month are ones that I really do want to read eventually, but I just have to admit that I have no idea when :(.

Shatterwing

Shatterwing

Dragon wine could save them. Or bring about their destruction.

Since the moon shattered, the once peaceful and plentiful world has become a desolate wasteland. Factions fight for ownership of the remaining resources as pieces of the broken moon rain down, bringing chaos, destruction and death.

The most precious of these resources is dragon wine – a life-giving drink made from the essence of dragons. But the making of the wine is perilous and so is undertaken by prisoners. Perhaps even more dangerous than the wine production is the Inspector, the sadistic ruler of the prison vineyard who plans to use the precious drink to rule the world.

There are only two people that stand in his way. Brill, a young royal rebel who seeks to bring about revolution, and Salinda, the prison’s best vintner and possessor of a powerful and ancient gift that she is only beginning to understand. To stop the Inspector, Salinda must learn to harness her power so that she and Brill can escape, and stop the dragon wine from falling into the wrong hands.

What I have learned this month is that I should not just request a book because it has dragons. Or I’m not actually always in the mood to read about dragons? This premise sounds intriguing but in a “it could be horrible or awesome” kind of way and I’m just not in a risky mood apparently, haha. I’ve found myself more and more going for ebooks that I am pretty darn sure I’ll like instead of unknowns. I’m sure that that mood will change eventually though, perhaps once grad school feels less “enough unknown for every facet of my life” ;-).

So yes, September was a month of overwhelming numbers of awesome releases that I just have to admit I won’t get to in the foreseeable future. I am finding myself reading eARCs months ahead of time if they are ones I’m excited for, which will hopefully keep me from forgetting about really exciting ones and ending up with a list of embers that pains me so much D:. Please please re-excite my interest for any of these that you think I should prioritize getting back to :D.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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Comments

  1. I have a similar problem with elves and dwarves. If a book has either of them (or both), I want to read it. I haven’t read any of these, but Egg & Spoon sounds interesting, not so much the plot itself, but the setting. Tsarist Russia is an unusual place for a Fantasy novel to take place and I’m curious about what the author did with it.
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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one with a fantasy critter weakness ;-). The setting for Egg & Spoon definitely sounds interesting, some day I’ll be sure to get back to it :D

  2. Hello Anya,
    I stumbled across your blog for the first time and I have to tell you that I love it! I love the name, design, content, and I look forward to reading more posts. Flames to Embers is a great way to post the books that just didn’t it for you.
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  3. That is really true that a lot of books came out last month, I never noticed that! That explains why I’ve been so stressed on reading review copies xD I’m really liking all the covers on these, and most of them sound soooo good. I’ve almost never gone wrong with fantasy!

    • I have shelves on Goodreads for each month’s releases that I want to/should read and at first I was like “I’ll make sure I don’t go over ten books a month this way” and then September just kept going up and I was a bit O.O haha

  4. Man you really should make a TBR random jar. Though if you pluck from it would you really read it? I had that happen to me when I made the jar – I’d pluck out a piece of paper and totally not want to read it – since I’m a mood reader the jar didn’t work for me.
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    • I think I wouldn’t force myself to read a certain amount from it, I would just pick from it when I can’t decide what to read next and want to read something random, and then just put it back and choose again until I feel inspired ;-)

  5. Dang girl, that’s a lot of dragon books! Ugh, the dreaded TBR jar. I think I may have to make one too, honestly. I have SO MANY books that I own and need to read, but library books and ARCs and new instalments in various series keep derailing me.
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    • Haha, what can I say? I’m addicted ;-) Generally I’m happy to be derailed by whatever book I’m excited about, but I’m also excited about all these older books too and just forget about them D:

  6. September seems to be THE release month anymore. Wow 3/5 not read books were about dragons! I haven’t read any of these books, but I heard good things about Egg and Spoon. I haven’t gotten any bad emails from Netgalley, I guess I haven’t gotten far enough behind in my reviewing yet. (Must. read. faster.) I love the cover of Raksura! Wow!
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    • I suspect the dragon thing is because I am much more likely to request a book if it mentions dragons even if it otherwise doesn’t strike my interest D: I need to work on this >.> It was just from Sourcebooks that I got that email and I’m not even far behind! D:

  7. I just read Scorched and liked it. I hated those pushy emails too (part of the reason I quit NetGalley) but I haven’t listened to Shattered yet so I am not sure how I feel about it :)
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    • Oo did you listen to Scorched? If so, that’s very helpful to know since that’s a great way for me to get to older books haha

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